The global electric power industry is facing a transformational shift from centralized generation toward a more decentralized grid with two-way energy flows. This emerging mix of energy efficiency and beyond energy efficiency distributed energy resources (DER) technologies and smart grid solutions is disrupting traditional utility models while creating new opportunities for commercial and industrial (C&I) customers.
Corporate C&I energy and sustainability managers are looking for cost-effective, customized, and comprehensive energy solutions that can guarantee energy savings without CAPEX to meet their sustainability and operational efficiency needs. Meanwhile, vendors are introducing a broader set of portfoliowide, sector-specific technical, financing, and business model options beyond fee-for-service energy efficiency that require customer CAPEX. This broader set of financed energy efficiency and beyond energy efficiency DER technologies is defining how new energy as a service (EaaS) solutions will be deployed across various C&I segments.
This Navigant Research report analyzes emerging financed EaaS solutions for C&I energy users. The study provides an analysis of the financing options and business models that support C&I energy user needs, EaaS opportunities for C&I energy users, and other market considerations. Six leading asset classes and three major industry segments are discussed, and a ranking of portfolio factors is provided. The report also gives recommendations for stakeholders in EaaS.
Key Questions Addressed:
- What are financed energy as a service (EaaS) solutions that provide an alternative to CAPEX for commercial and industrial (C&I) energy users?
- Will new segment-specific EaaS solutions guarantee energy and cost reductions?
- What factors will C&I energy users consider when deciding whether to deploy financed EaaS solutions over CAPEX?
- Which key energy management and portfolio factors influence C&I energy users across individual C&I segments?
- How can utilities, energy suppliers, EaaS solutions providers, and technology manufacturers work together to deliver software platforms?
Who Needs This Report:
- Energy services companies
- Commercial and industrial (C&I) energy and sustainability managers
- EaaS solutions providers and technology manufacturers
- Utility-scale renewable energy project developers and buyers
- Distributed energy resources (DER) and demand response (DR) technology manufacturers
- Combined heat and power (CHP) project developers
- Microgrid project developers, systems integrators, and financiers
Table of Contents
Energy as a Service Solutions for Commercial and Industrial Energy Users Have Arrived
- C&I Customers Look to New Segment-Specific EaaS Solutions to Guarantee Energy and Cost Reductions
- Financed EaaS Solutions Provide an Alternative to CAPEX
- Choosing Financed EaaS Solutions Over CAPEX Depends on Key Factors
New EaaS Financing Options and Business Models Support C&I Energy User Needs
- Foundational EaaS Financing Asset Classes Have Emerged
- New Financing Asset Classes Enable New EaaS Business Models
- Pure-Play EaaS Solutions Provider
- Bundled EaaS Solutions Provider
- Sale Leaseback Arrangements
- Outsourced Managed Energy Services Agreement Public Private Partnerships
- Integrated Facilities Management and EaaS Solutions
EaaS Solutions and Business Models Will Vary Across Industry Segments
- Predicting EaaS Opportunities for C&I Energy User Segments
- Small Commercial Properties
- Large Commercial Properties
- Industrial Facilities
- Energy Management and Portfolio Factors Influence EaaS Decision-Making
- Ranking the Factors Affecting EaaS Decision-Making by Segment
- Ranking Criteria
- Small Commercial Properties Segment Ranking
- Large Commercial Properties Segment Ranking
- Industrial Facilities Segment Ranking
Guidance for Stakeholders Moving Forward
- Stakeholders Must Work Together to Understand EaaS Decision-Making Factors
- Stakeholders Must Work Together to Deliver Software Platforms for Different C&I Segment Needs
- DER Project Financiers Need to Develop C&I Cross-Segment Financing Options
- C&I Energy Users Should Build Understanding of Financing Options